"Maria unexpectedly landed in my life at a time when I was frozen. I knew I had to take action to achieve certain professional goals for myself but couldn’t seem to make the leap from my head to taking a step. It was all too scary. Suppose it didn’t work? With gentle, insistent nudging, Maria guided me through the process. I felt so empowered! But best of all, I gained a sense of peace and security in knowing that it was perfectly alright if things didn’t pan out exactly as I envisioned. I learned we all have the tools to take the lemons and make lemonade and most importantly, I gained the acceptance that my differences to my peers are not a failure or flaw. They are simply that: differences. And that’s OK. I will always think of Maria with love and gratitude."